ArrowDownFill 1arrow-small-lineFill 1Cooking Light - EasyCooking Light - FastCooking Light - So GoodCooking Light - How-ToCooking Light - Staff FaveCooking Light Badge - Wow!GroupClose IconEmailEmpty Star IconLike Cooking Light on FacebookFull Star IconShapePage 1 Copy 3Page 1 Copy 2Grid IconHalf Star IconFollow Cooking Light on InstagramList IconMenu IconPrintSearch IconSpeech BubbleFollow Cooking Light on SnapchatFollow Cooking Light on TwitterWatch Cooking Light on YouTubeplay-iconWatch Cooking Light on Youtube

Cucumber-Basil Granita

Photo: Alison Miksch; Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham

Hands-on time 10 mins
Total time 4 hrs, 45 mins

Makes 4 to 6 servings

The blend of cucumber, basil, and lime make this spiked treat super refreshing. 


  • 4 cups seedless cucumber slices
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 cup Simple Syrup
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves
  • Pinch of salt
  • Chilled herbal gin (such as Hendricks), optional

How to Make It

  1. Process first 3 ingredients in a blender 20 seconds. Add basil and salt; process 20 seconds. Pour mixture into a 9- x 5-inch loaf pan. Freeze 4 to 5 hours or until ice crystals form, stirring every hour. If desired, top each serving with a shot of chilled gin.